SGU Episode 650

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SGU Episode 650
December 23rd 2017
SGU 649 SGU 651
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
C: Cara Santa Maria
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
JN: Joe Nickell, American skeptic
Quote of the Week
If you think something is breaking the laws of physics, then there is likely an error in perception.
Steven Novella, American neurologist
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Show Notes
Forum Topic


Voiceover: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

What’s the Word? ()[edit]


News Items[edit]






(laughs) (laughter) (applause) [inaudible]

FDA Regulates Homeopathy ()[edit]

Pentagon UFO Videos ()[edit]

How the Flu Kills ()[edit]

CDC Word Ban ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy? ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week’s Noisy: _brief_description_perhaps_with_link_

New Noisy ()[edit]


Interview with Joe Nickell ()[edit]

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction egg allergies & flu
Science medieval glass flows
Science sperm for chemotherapy
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Evan egg allergies & flu
Cara egg allergies & flu
Jay medieval glass flows
Bob medieval glass flows

Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Item #1: New research on medieval cathedral glass finds that it flows 16 orders of magnitude faster than previously estimated.[5]
Item #2: New flu vaccine practice guidelines increase precautions for patients with egg allergies due to an increase in reported allergic reactions.[6]
Item #3: Researchers have successfully harnessed sperm to deliver chemotherapy directly to cervical cancer cells.[7]

Evan's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

If you think something is breaking the laws of physics, then there is likely an error in perception.
Steven Novella, American neurologist

Signoff/Announcements ()[edit]

S: —and until next week, this is your Skeptics' Guide to the Universe.

S: The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is produced by SGU Productions, dedicated to promoting science and critical thinking. For more information on this and other episodes, please visit our website at, where you will find the show notes as well as links to our blogs, videos, online forum, and other content. You can send us feedback or questions to Also, please consider supporting the SGU by visiting the store page on our website, where you will find merchandise, premium content, and subscription information. Our listeners are what make SGU possible.


Today I Learned[edit]

  • Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference[8]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description



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